PACEP Member Spotlight
From Left: Michael J. Lynch, MD and PACEP President Ankur Doshi, MD, FACEP.
Meet PACEP's 2018 Emergency Physician of the Year Michael J. Lynch, MD
Dr. Lynch has practiced his entire medical career in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and his EM residency and Toxicology Fellowships at Pitt/UPMC. He is a superior clinician in the ED and medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center. He is a well-recognized medical educator, directing the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Clinical Toxicology course for many years.
Dr. Lynch's greatest contributions to the people of Pennsylvania come in his role as a toxicologist, specifically in his interest in trying to save lives from the opioid crisis. He has been a champion for widespread use of naloxone by first responders and laypersons. This effort has saved lives, period.
Additionally, Dr. Lynch has been instrumental in developing Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for those addicted to opioids. The latter recognizing that access to treatment for addiction is the path to less mortality and morbidity, and that emergency care providers have a unique role and are a part of the team. He has been involved in statewide opioid task forces, and, as a PACEP member, helped develop the Pennsylvania Warm Handoffs pathway.He is leader at UPMC in developing pathways for those with opioid use disorder.
While doing this focused work, Dr Lunch continues to serve as an emergency physician at UPMC, providing care for all in need, whenever and whatever. His patient experience scores are excellent, and his care is praised by partners inside and outside emergency medicine.